Take a look behind the scenes of the Medill Innocence Project’s investigation of Pamela Jacobazzi’s conviction.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON SHAKEN-BABY SYNDROME
Medill students visited Pamela Jacobazzi at Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln, Ill., on Nov. 16 and Nov. 21. (Janice Janeczko/Medill)
Pamela Jacobazzi, 57, is incarcerated at Lincoln Correctional Center. (Ashley Powell/Medill)

Pamela Jacobazzi discusses her daily schedule at Lincoln Correctional Center with Medill students Safiya Merchant and Valerie King. (Janice Janeczko/Medill)

Pamela Jacobazzi recalls life before her conviction in 1999, sharing details about her son, Steven, whom she calls her miracle child because she didn't think she could conceive. (Ashley Powell/Medill)
Medill student Timna Axel asks Pamela Jacobazzi to review the day Matthew Czapski was rushed to the hospital. (Ashley Powell/Medill)

Medill students Erin Kim and Joseph Lumley take notes during a recent interview with Pamela Jacobazzi. (Janice Janeczko/Medill)

Pamela Jacobazzi reconstructs the events of Aug. 11, 1994. (Ashley Powell/Medill)

Pamela Jacobazzi says her Catholic faith helps her cope with prison life. (Janice Janeczko/Medill)
While in prison, Pamela Jacobazzi taught herself origami from a book. (Janice Janeczko/Medill)

Lincoln Correctional Center consists of 14 buildings over 25 acres. A double-security fence secures 11 buildings surrounded by five towers. (Miranda Viglietti/Medill)

Pamela Jacobazzi ran her day care from her home in Bartlett, Ill., a suburb about 30 miles west of Chicago. (Miranda Viglietti/Medill)

Pamela Jacobazzi told Medill students she took children from her day care to play at her neighborhood park. (Ashley Powell/Medill)
Matthew Czapski died on Dec. 19, 1995, at the age of 2. He was cremated and his headstone stands in Bartlett Cemetery in Bartlett, Ill. (Miranda Viglietti/Medill)
Matthew Czapski’s grave, pictured on Oct. 24, 2012, is adorned with flowers. His epitaph reads, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” (Miranda Viglietti/Medill)

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